Movie - Dinner for one
The old butler and his old Lady
When you live in Sweden you pretty soon have to get used to the Swedes love of tradition. This is sometimes taken to extremes especially where the festive TV schedule is concerned. On New Years Eve the TV is showing a special movie.
Most bizarre of all to me though is Grevinnan och Betjnten (or "Dinner for One" as the original English stage version is called). The English sketch, which has been shown every year since about 1963. Swedes quote the whole thing word for word with the same kind of comedic enthusiasm usually reserved for Monty Python sketches.
The old Lady has four guests at the table: Sir Toby, Admiral von Schneider, Mr Pommeroy and Mr Winterbottom. The old faithful butler, Freddie Frinton, is playing the roles of all the guests. Miss Sophie, May WarDer 90, is deciding about food and drinks. James, the butler, has to serve AND drink for all four guests.
"The same procedure as last year?"
The original movie from 1963
Dinner for one - buy this lovely movie
"HAPPY NEW YEAR MISS SOPHIE!"
Bottoms up - keep up with the Butler James!
When the movie starts, open your own wine and drink as fast as the Butler does. See how long you will last hehehe